Southland reclaims swampy land for grounds

18:36, Dec 18 2012
Rugby Park grandstand
The old grandstand at Rugby Park, on the eastern side of the two fields.

Today's headquarters ground of the Rugby Southland Football Union was officially opened on April 28, 1908, and Pirates beat Invercargill 5-nil in the first game played there.

It was initially known as the Eastend Ground but within a few weeks was named Rugby Park. The name changed to Homestead Stadium around 1988.

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